Understand EC numbers in 5 minutes Part I: How EC numbers work

As a biologist you will no doubt have seen Enzyme Commission (EC) numbers. An EC number is group of four numbers separated by periods in papers discussing enzymes…something like this: EC 1.1.2.1. But do […]

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“Pick ‘n’ Mix? A Basic Guide to Commercial Flow Cytometers”

  So having read our article on how a cytometer works, surely the next question is ‘what’s the right flow cytometer for me?!’ Basic Components of Flow Cytometers We know that at their most […]

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Science and the Media – Dos and Don’ts

Have you ever wondered how the media can write (often cringingly inaccurately) about a recently published scientific paper? Attending Standing up for Science media workshop organised by the Sense about Science charity shed a […]

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Flow Cytometric Apoptosis Assays to Characterize Cell Death

Apoptosis, often called programmed cell death, is a carefully regulated process that is part of normal development and homeostasis. Apoptosis is morphologically and biochemically distinct from necrosis, which is conversely called accidental cell death. […]

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Cell Counting with a Hemocytometer: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Many biological applications such as microbiology, cell culture, blood work and many others that use cells require that we determine cell concentration for our experiment. Cell counting is rather straightforward and requires a counting […]

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Cell lysis 101: 8 methods to break down cell walls

In Part 1, I introduced the types of cell walls out there and what they are made of – now it’s time to learn how to get through them. 1.  Mechanical methods of cell […]

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Under-Use Of Genetic Testing Is Putting Health Of Families At Risk

As NGS techniques advance you would naturally expect their benefits to be taken up by more members of society. Tests for genetic mutations that can lead to an increased risk of cancer are now […]

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10 Top Everyday Items Useful in the Lab

Every research lab is full of equipment specially designed for specific technical and experimental requirements, unfortunately this means said equipment is often expensive. Thankfully there are simple and cheap everyday items which can help […]

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Five Tiny Histology Pleasures

You know- the things which make your day in the histology lab just whizz by as you push forward the frontiers of science! Here’s my top five happy histology handiness; 1.    Molten wax I guess […]

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Careers for Scientists – Research Administrator

Up until last year I had been working in scientific research for just over six years. The insecurity of a career in academia had always niggled at me. About eight months into a very […]

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